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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5865


Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion, upon notice, on 25 August 2008:

(1)   What are the department’s guidelines on the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   In 2008, how many flights undertaken by departmental officials were carbon offsets purchased, and of these, how many were purchased for: (a) business class fares; and (b) economy class fares.

(3)   In the 2007-08 financial year, what was the additional cost to the department of purchasing carbon offsets for travel.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Social Inclusion has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The department currently does not have any guidelines regarding the purchasing of carbon offsets for air travel.

(2)   None.

(3)   Not applicable.